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    May 26, 2024
    Interview / Podcast with the founder of the BugattiPage and Revue.

    A local newschannel invited me for an interview (see above), and a Podcast (Goto: open.spotify.com/episode/0s6nAKlVTrvpOuPpkaNqxN).

    The interview is about the history of Bugatti, and how I got involved with this. There is so much that I could tell about Bugatti, that I really only touched upon the complete history.

    Unfortunately, both the video as well as the Podcast are in DUTCH ONLY.


    May 18, 2024
    Auctions results

    Bonhams' The Miami Auction, May 4 2024

    • 2012 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport VIN. VF9SK2C27CM795052, Estimate: US$1,600,000 - US$2,000,000, Aparently not sold
    • 2019 Bugatti Chiron VIN. VF9SP3V34KM795148, Estimate: US$3,100,000 - US$3,600,000, Aparently not sold

    Bring a Trailer Auctions, USA, May 10 / May 17 2024

    • 2022 Bugatti Chiron Pur Sport, Chassis: VF9SC3V36NM795040, Sold for $4,100,000
    • Bugatti Type 35B Re-Creation by Pur Sang, Chassis: 651PS, Sold for $200,000


    May 5, 2024
    Auction results

    Osenat Arts and Cars Auction, Paris, France, April 28, 2024

    • Chassis no plate of the fourth Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic #57453, 1936, « La Voiture Noire », Estimate 5000 - 10000 EUR, sold for: 15,750 EUR including premium
    • Poster of the 31st ACF Grand Prix, By Raymond Savignac (1907-2002), Estimate 7000 - 9000 EUR, sold for: 39,690 EUR including premium

    The sale of the chassis plate which once adorned the 4th Atlantic, though removed before the car disappeared, went for a bit more than it's maximum estimate. More or less as expected.

    The real surprise at this auction was the poster for the 1937 ACF race. This went for almost four times it's maximum estimate, probably even a record for a poster for a pre-war race?

    History of the ACF Grand Prix:
    Founded in 1895, the Automobile Club de France (ACF) decided to create the French Grand Prix in 1906. In reality, this Grand Prix is the successor to the Gordon Bennett Cups taking place in Europe between 1900 and 1905 and already partly organized by the ACF. This first Grand-Prix of the Automobile Club de France took place for the first time on a circuit of just over 100 kilometers, near Le Mans, on June 26 and 27, 1906. Invited to cover 1,240 kilometers in two days, this first edition will see Ferenc Szisz crowned on Renault AK after more than 12 hours of racing.

    For the 1936 and 1937 editions, the ACF decided to impose the Sport Formula, with a maximum displacement of 4.5 liters and prohibiting the use of a compressor.

    Here are the broad outlines of the regulations imposed by the organizing committee of the XXXI ACF Grand Prix – Sports Cars:
    -The ACF GP will be run on July 4, 1937 on the Linas Montlhéry road circuit, each lap of which measures 12 kilometers 504 meters and 35 centimeters
    -The ACF GP will be over a distance of approximately 500 kilometers, or 40 laps Linas-Montlhéry road circuit
    - The first person will be given the sum of 100,000 francs (and in cash please!)

    Let's go to Montlhéry on the starting grid of the XXXI ACF Grand-Prix:
    Bugatti, Talbot, and Delahaye are all present on the starting line at 2 p.m. The checkered flag waves and the cars take off with a bang. Little suspense then, it was Sommer (on Talbot) who led the race for the first 20 laps, before Louis Chiron (also on Talbot) overtook him and guided the race to the finish. The old fox – an affectionate nickname given to Chiron for his racing intelligence – becomes the first driver in history to win the French Grand Prix three times! Ultimately, there were four Talbots that finished in the first five places, constituting a 100% Talbot podium; the 1937 ACF GP marks a triple victory for Talbot automobiles.

    The ACF GP having seen Sommer's Bugatti Type 57G win in 1936, the 1937 poster seems to honor the Thoroughbreds of Molsheim. Savignac represents a stylized Bugatti, reduced to its fundamental constituent elements which are the horseshoe grille, the Bugatti axle, and the wheel of the car; all in a fantastic spirit of speed. The three letters “ACF” associated with the date of the event provide great clarity of the message. So many elements allowing us to consider this poster as a classic in the corpus of the master's work, and more generally of Art-deco posters.

    Famous poster artist of the 20th century, Savignac's graphic works are today part of our common imagination. His style is effective and impactful while remaining very simple. If the artist mainly marked the second half of the 20th century - illustrating the exponential development of advertising during the Trente Glorieuses -, he cut his teeth in the 1920s as an autodidact before meeting the master of the Art-deco poster Cassandre in 1933. From then on, we felt an inspiration from the Cassandre style in the works of the young Savignac. Also supported by the illustrator Charles Loupot, the artist joined the Graphic Alliance in 1935. He continued to assert his own style and also became a master of the poster by asserting his signature - now recognizable to all - associated with a touch of humor always as delicate.

    The artist signs a brilliant poster from the start of his career before his talent was still recognized by everyone, only his peers have - at this period - already dubbed him. A work which is entirely in line with the definition of the poster established by Savignac himself: “popular and aristocratic”.

    For more information: Other results of this auction


    May 5, 2024
    Bugatti vs the world - 2024 Grover Williams Trophy Full Race

    Henk Mooi sent me the link to this video of a fantastic race, held 2024 at Goodwood.

    Very impressive racing, in which men nor machine were spared! Filmed in a very professional manner also!


    May 1, 2024
    First pictures of a camouflaged new Bugatti

    She comes ! Before your amazed eyes, this is the first image of the Bugatti hypercar which will soon take over from the Veyron and Chiron.

    Nice profile, right? The traditional arc that frames the doors is… no longer really circular, while the rear diffuser appears more imposing than ever. We find the (very) mobile rear wing, the LED curves as taillights, and the plunging snout (on a horseshoe grille that we can still only imagine from this angle).

    Mechanically, we only know the essentials: the legendary W16 8 liter quad-turbo gives way to a hybrid V16. We still don't know its characteristics, but we can already announce performances superior to those of the W16, which developed between 1500 and 1600 hp depending on the versions of the Chiron.

    It will be interesting to see the effect of this change of direction on the mass of the future Bugatti: electrification is heavy, but the colossal W16 weighed a dead donkey (or even two) with its ten radiators and oversized accessories . The Chiron thus flirted with two tonnes even in its lightest versions. For comparison, not far in the Volkswagen group's organizational chart, a Lamborghini Revuelto weighs 1772 kg with its 1015 hp 6.5 liter atmospheric hybrid V12, housed like the W16 Bugatti in a carbon monocoque.

    The metallic brown non camouflaged car is a rendering based on the camouflaged car-photo, found on autoevolution.com

    What the car will really look like? It will be presented on June 22. So let's wait... Or, probably there will be another teaser before that!


    April 28, 2024
    Bronze by Rembrandt Bugatti

    Rembrandt Bugatti is of course famous for his sculptures (though there are drawings also), almost all of these are of various animals. The animals are usually in a lifelike, though rather calm, position and setting. Sculptures of humans are rather scarce.

    Now a bronze of a man has been announced to be auctioned at the Rouillac 36th garden party auction (part 1), to be held on Sunday, May 26th 2024, 14:00 - at Château d'Artigny in France.

    The man in question is Boniface Marquis de Castellane, and the sculpture was made approximately 1912, with only one Bronze having been cast, while the original plaster was exhibitioned in 1912, at the Salon de la Société nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris.

    The estimate is 150 000 € ~ 200 000 €. Height is 76 cm.

    Provenance: private collection of the Rhône Valley. Art Loss Register Certificate dated April 10, 2024.

    Certificate and recommendation for inclusion into the Répertoire Rembrandt Bugatti established by Ms Véronique Fromanger on Feb. 27, 2024.

    Bibliography:
    Véronique Fromanger, "Une trajectoire foudroyante ; Rembrandt Bugatti", les Éditions de l'Amateur, 2016. See p.183. "Plâtre, collection particulière. Fonte Albino Palazzolo: en l'état des connaissances, sous toutes réserves, le tirage en bronze répertorié à ce jour est d'un exemplaire."

    Bugatti's Boni, by Véronique Fromanger
    In 1912, young Italian sculptor Rembrandt Bugatti wrote to his brother Ettore "[...] you can use my workshop whenever you like and for as long as you like. I'm surprised about the bust of the Prince: it's been ready for a long time and you can tell him on my behalf to go and get it, and that he doesn't have to pay anything [...]". He’s talking about the portrait of Prince Paolo Troubetzkoy, who was introduced to Parisian social life during the Belle Époque by the impertinent, eccentric, haughty and profound aesthetes that were Count Robert de Montesquiou and Marquis Boniface de Castellane (photo on the right).

    The fascination exerted by these great aristocrats on their contemporaries turned them into models for numerous novel heroes; Marcel Proust said that they were "the beauty teachers for an entire generation". An intimate of the Bugatti family since Milan, Paolo Troubetzkoy guided Rembrandt Bugatti through the salons of Paris; during a brief stay, before returning to the Antwerp zoo to his good friends the wild animals, Bugatti produced a few rare portraits. All were cast in bronze, in one single edition, by the undisputed master of lost-wax casting: A. A. Hébrard.

    At the time of the Belle Époque, ladies invited artists, poets and other personalities to balls so as to add glamour to their luxurious receptions. It was there that Bugatti met one of these amazing characters and, during a private visit, sculpted an outstanding portrait of Marquis Boniface de Castellane in his hunting costume; with a single line, Bugatti captured the soul of this great lord. An aesthete and a collector, Boniface de Castellane always took great care of his appearance. Even in the face of adversity, he always endeavored to remain worthy of his most illustrious ancestor, Talleyrand. Politically very active, he was also a great sportsman.

    More info .


    April 27, 2024
    Auctions results

    Gooding & Co Selections From The Mullin Collection Auction, Oxnard, CA, USA, April 26, 2024

    This was quite a succesful auction! Many of the Bugatti's went above their top estimates, though admittedly some estimates were on the low side. The Mullin and Schlumpf provenance will have helped, though the six million for the T57C Aravis is a top price for such a Bugatti.

    • 1900 Horse-drawn wagon from the Château d'Ermenonville, ex Ettore Bugatti, Estimate $10,000 - $15,000, sold for: $7,000
    • 1913 Peugeot Bébé BP1 Two-seat tourer, Bugatti designed, Chassis 10252, Estimate $25,000 - $35,000, sold for: $32,000
    • 1927 Bugatti Type 40 Faux Cabriolet by Gallé, Chassis 40436, Engine 304, Estimate $50,000 - $75,000, sold for: $220,000
    • 1929 Bugatti Type 40 ‘Break de Chasse’, Chassis 40485, Engine 714, Estimate $100,000 - $150,000, sold for: $400,000
    • 1929 Bugatti Type 40A Roadster, Chassis 40902, Engine 4, Estimate $90,000 - $120,000, sold for: $270,000
    • 1930s Bugatti Type 41 AutoRail engine, no. 273, Estimate $60,000 - $80,000, sold for: $56,000
    • 1970s reproduction Bugatti Type 41 "Royale" Chassis frame, Estimate $5,000 - $10,000, sold for: $3,500
    • 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Semi-Pofilée Coupé, Chassis 46136, Estimate $700,000 - $900,000, sold for: $1,000,000
    • 1930s Bugatti Horse-Drawn Cart, Estimate $5,000 - $10,000, sold for: $15,000
    • 1930s Bugatti Horse-Drawn Cart, Featuring brakes and wire wheels, Estimate $10,000 - $15,000, sold for: $20,000
    • 1930 Bugatti Gig Carriage, Estimate $5,000 - $10,000, sold for: $13,000
    • 1930s Bugatti Carriage, Estimate $10,000 - $15,000, sold for: $7,000
    • 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux, Chassis 57297, Engine 151, Estimate $125,000 - $175,000, sold for: $425,000
    • 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier, Chassis 57338, Engine 237, Estimate $80,000 - $120,000, sold for: $160,000
    • 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux, Chassis 57377, Engine 278, Estimate $200,000 - $250,000, sold for: $460,000
    • 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Galibier, Chassis 57535, Engine 375, Estimate $80,000 - $120,000, sold for: $160,000
    • 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Aravis 'Special Cabriolet', Chassis 57768, Engine 75C, Estimate $2,500,000 - $3,500,000, sold for: $6,000,000
    • 1946 Bugatti Type 75 You-You boat, serial no. 121, Estimate $25,000 - $35,000, sold for: $50,000
    • 1970s Bugatti Bicycle by Art Stump, frame no. 19, Estimate $4,000 - $8,000, sold for: $15,000

    Full description of all items in this auction

    Finarte Auction, Milano, Italy, April 17, 2024

    • Portrait of a man, by Carlo Bugatti, sold for: 1935 euro
    • Portrait of a woman, by Carlo Bugatti, sold for: 1935 euro


    April 14, 2024
    Auction result

    Bring a Trailer Auction Online, April 13, 2024

    • 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Project, Chassis: 57364. High Bid $176,600 (Reserve Not Met)


    April 6, 2024
    Driving along in the 1600HP Bugatti Bolide

    Top Gear was the first to be invited by Bugatti to experience some track-miles in the Bolide, which is currently being developed into a "series"-production (40 examples only) track-only hypercar. With former Le Mans winner and Bugatti testdriver Andy Wallace at the wheel, Top Gear's Jack Rix was very much impressed!

    Just watch the video and enjoy!


    March 19, 2024
    Louwman museum best rated museum in the Netherlands!

    The Louwman museum in the Hague, the Netherlands, recently rose to an all-time high score of 4.8 at Google Reviews out of almost 10,000 submissions.

    With this they have achieved a higher rating than the 25 most visited museums in the Netherlands. Do you know a museum in the Netherlands with a higher rating than 4.7?

    I have been to quite a few automobile museums worldwide, and I don't think there is any better museum. Or maybe you can convince me of the opposite?

    And of course, the Louwman museum is not a car-museum focussing on one single marque only, though they do have a collection of almost all surviving Spyker automobiles, there is a very interesting selection of Bugatti cars!


    March 19, 2024
    Auction result

    Christie's Modern Collector Auction, March 12, 2024

    • CARLO BUGATTI (1856-1940) Low Table, circa 1904-1905
      Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000: Sold for $11,340


    March 10, 2024
    Auction result

    RM Sotheby's Dubai Auction, March 9, 2024

    • 1935 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Recreation by Erik Koux
      Chassis "57302", Estimate: $700,000 - $900,000: Sold After Auction


    March 8, 2024
    Two portraits by Carlo Bugatti

    Not one, but two painted portraits by Carlo Bugatti were announced to be auctioned recently.

    The complete history of Carlo Bugatti, and especially what exactly he did after changing to France, remains clouded in mystery. There's silverware (with two silver platters also being announced to be auctioned recently), some furniture, a few paintings and some other items. Nobody seems to have a complete overview.

    More surprising this set of paintings, both are of the same size (92 x 67 cm) were painted in oil on canvas, and were signed "Bugatti" in the lower right corner. No date. Being of identical size, it is probable that the man and woman are indeed a couple, and somehow they seem familiar. Does anybody know who they are?

    If you want to bid on either of the paintings (or both), you can go to the Drouot site for the one or the other portrait.


    March 4, 2024
    Auctions results

    Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auctions, February 29 - March 1, 2024

    • 1925 Bugatti Type 35C Grand Prix, Chassis 4634 (From the Peter Mullin collection),
      Estimate: $600,000 - $800,000: Sold for $525,000
    • 1931 Bugatti Type 49 Coachwork by Gangloff, Chassis 49377, Engine 305 (From the Peter Mullin collection),
      Estimate: $150,000 - $225,000: Sold for $350,000
    • 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio, Coachwork by Gangloff Chassis 57606/57699, Engine 499,
      Estimate: $350,000 - $450,000: Sold for $425,000
    • 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante Chassis no. 57767 Engine no. 62C,
      Estimate: $2,400,000 - $2,800,000, Sold for $2,050,000

    Broad Arrow Auctions The Amelia Auction, March 1, 2024

    • 1929 Bugatti Type 46 Cabriolet, Chassis No. 46524, Estimate: $850,000 - $1,200,000, Sold for: $461,500


    February 29, 2024
    Bugatti presents the new V16 engine

    And let's us hear it's roar.
    This is what Bugatti itself has to say about it.

    “IF COMPARABLE, IT IS NO LONGER BUGATTI” – THE NEXT CHAPTER

    With each generation of its hyper sports car, Bugatti has shifted the benchmark of design, engineering, performance and craftsmanship to new heights. And this year, eight years to the day since the Chiron was revealed, Bugatti shows the world the first page of the newest chapter in its rich history.

    In June, the modern-day lineage of Bugatti – first established with the Veyron 16.4 – will welcome its latest evolution; a new automotive pinnacle with a V16 hybrid powertrain at its heart. Incomparable in every detail, it is a pure embodiment of Bugatti’s DNA, created not just for the present, or even the future – but “Pour l’éternité”.

    Thus, not just a new engine, in fact an engine for all eternity! That must be something really special then...

    At this point, Bugatti does not give any further information, however, as the new car will be a hybrid, the V16 will be probably of smaller capacity than it's "W16" big brother. W16 was of course never correct, it has always been a VVR16, but that aside. But, being of smaller capacity, it will probably be faster revving. Probably even as much of 900 HP from maybe 5 litres or so. Don't count on a cheaper automobile, though. We'll see what the car looks like, all technical details and what the price is in June, or probably before, as we known Bugatti, they will come with some teasers and snips of information.

    You can enjoy the sound of the new engine (lots of carbon, by the way) in the very short video below.


    February 25, 2024
    Car collector Arturo Keller passed away, aged 91

    Arturo Keller, who has passed away aged 91, was one of the greatest but least well known of all the leading car collectors worldwide. He was more to himself than other collectors like Peter Mullin (who passed away last year), and his collection was not publicly accessible. However, Arturo’s passion for cars was immense, and his collection at The Pyramids was seen only by a chosen few and documented in a book gifted only to his closest friends.

    He was best known for his love of pre-WWII Mercedes-Benz, although Ferraris, pre-war Alfa Romeos and many other marques also featured prominently. The list of Bugatti's he owned is rather long also, I looked them up and these are shown below.

    • Type 23 Torpedo, chassis 1864
    • Type 35B Grand Prix, chassis 4950
    • Type 37, chassis 37227
    • Type 37A Roadster Alfred Hänni, chassis 37379
    • Type 43 Grand Sport, chassis 43163
    • Type 49 Grand Sport by A.P. Compton & Co, chassis 49119
    • Type 55 Jean Bugatti Roadster Super Sport, chassis 55201
    • Type 57SC Atalante, chassis 57373
    • Type 57SC Corsica Roadster, chassis 57531
    • Type 57S Cabriolet by Gangloff, chassis 57533
    • Type 57 Berline by Figoni & Falaschi, chassis 57739
    • Type 57C Stelvio by Gangloff, chassis 57830

    I'm not sure if the above list is complete, but it does give a good impression! It must be the second largest collection of Type 57S Bugatti's, after the Schlumpf's.

    With wife Deborah, Arturo was a popular and prolific entrant to the Pebble Beach Concours of Elegance, winning Best of Show on three occasions. The most recent accolade was for their 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Autobahn-Kurier, at the 70th running of the concours, in August 2021. Their first win was in 1986, on the centenary of Mercedes, with a 1936 500K Special Roadster. In fact, they took six Mercedes to the event that year, and went home with six awards – in addition to the concours’ top prize, the cars earned a special award for Best Mercedes, two Firsts in Class, and two Second in Class awards.

    Although of Swiss origin, Arturo Keller was born in Mexico City, and later became a resident of the US. His success came with the production of automotive upholstery, which led him to San Francisco, supplying all of the main five automotive companies operating in North America: General Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Volkswagen and Nissan. From the proceeds of the company, he was able to start building a car collection, with early acquisitions including a Talbot-Lago T150 SS Teardrop Coupé and a 1936 Hispano-Suiza – which was his first restoration and the first car he took to Pebble Beach.

    Arturo and Deborah came across their 650-acre estate in the 1980s, while driving one of their cars on a tour of the Sonoma region of northern California, and fell in love with it. It was here where they built up the collection, which is now housed in five huge buildings, each one dedicated to a different nation: the US, Great Britain, Germany, France and Italy. To keep the cars exercised, they built a road that winds around the property.

    Later, they moved into wine production, planting vines on the estate. Being on the edge of the Sonoma region, the land had never previously been used for wine production, but they succeeded: Keller Estate wines are now world renowned. The company is run by Arturo’s youngest daughter Ana, producing about 5000 cases a year of chardonnay, pinot noir, syrah and pinot gris.

    The use and conservation of collector cars was always Arturo’s true passion, though, and Pebble Beach was particularly special to him.

    The car world will miss Arturo Keller’s quiet contributions to the scene. We send our sincere condolences to his wife Deborah, daughter Ana and the rest of the Keller family.


    February 5, 2024
    Auction results

    Artcurial Retromobile Auction, Paris, February 2 - 3, 2024

    • "1925" Bugatti T35 Grand Prix by Gilles Fournier, Chassis n° 4467
      Estimate € 300,000 - 500,000, Sold at €405,280 (incl. premium)
    • 1929 Bugatti T40 Roadster Gangloff, Chassis n° 40488, Engine n° 387
      Estimate € 350,000 - 450,000, Sold at €405,280 (incl. premium)
    • 1930 Bugatti T40 Grand Sport, Chassis n° 681 / 40655
      Estimate € 160,000 - 240,000, Sold at €238,400 (incl. premium)
    • 1934 Bugatti T57 Galibier, Chassis n° 57140, Engine n° 35, Carrosserie Galibier n°18
      Estimate €250,000 - 350,000, Sold at €262,240 (incl. premium)
    • 1936 Bugatti T57 Stelvio Gangloff, Chassis n° 57395, Engine n° 275
      Estimate € 600,000 - 800,000: Not sold


    January 31, 2024
    Auction result

    RM Sotheby's Paris Auction, January 31, 2024

    • 1926 Bugatti Type 40, Chassis 40377, Engine 280, Estimate €200,000 - €250,000: Sold for €161,000
    • 2017 Bugatti Chiron 'La Mer Argentée', Chassis No. VF9SP3V30HM795026, Estimate: €2,750,000 - €3,500,000: Not sold. €2,950,000 Asking


    January 28, 2024
    Auction result

    RM Sotheby's Arizona auction USA, January 25, 2024

    • 1939 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by Letourneur et Marchand
      Chassis No. 57587, Engine No. 458, Gearbox No. 46H, Estimate: US$900,000 - US$1,200,000: Not sold. US$975,000 Asking


    January 25, 2024
    Auction results

    Bonhams' the Scottsdale auction, January 25, 2024

    • 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Sunroof Coupe
      Chassis no. 57432, Engine no. 547, Estimate: US$1,500,000 - US$1,800,000: Sold for US$1,250,000 ($1,380,000 inc. premium)
    • 2022 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ Coupe, VIN VF9SW3V32NM795009
      Estimate $5,000,000 - $5,500,000: Sold for US$5,175,000 inc. premium


    January 18, 2024
    De la Chapelle is working on a continuation

    One might remember the Bugatti replica's, or tribute cars one might call them, which have now long been out of production. Starting with a Type 55, powered by an in-line 6 from BMW back in the late 1970's. There came more versions of this car, also with more racy fenders, then calles the Type 55 Grand Prix.

    How nicely built these cars were, and useable with their modern mechanics, they were still recognizable as replica's, compared with the original Type 55 by Bugatti, the dimensions were just not correct, not good enough. That changed in 1992 with the introduction of the Type 57S Atalante (or serie 5, on the right), dimensions and shape of this car are so good, that one might even mistake it for the real deal. With one exception: The cast aluminium wheels, which suit the car rather well.

    After several years of relative silence from de la Chapelle, they now present the next model (serie 6), the Atalante V8, with a 6.7 litre Corvette engine, delivering 461 HP, and lots of torque. The car was also made 20 cm longer, and 10 cm wider. From the front and side the car looks as good as it used to, however from the rear it looks just too wide...

    Read this article on the car: in the French magazine L'Argus.

    I asked Xavier de la Chapelle for some comment on this car, and the current plans, and he tells us the following:
    The V8 is at the moment a one-off done on special order for a customer who had the Atalante L6 before.

    Both are very interesting to drive. The V8 is really impressive with almost 450 bhp! In comparison, the more powerful L6 versions were “only” 250 bhp

    . Some prefer the L6, some prefer the V8 which has been completely developed from a white sheet and is a bit bigger in size compare to the L6 and with more room inside.

    May be we will relaunch the L6 for some customers in the future.

    See for more info: delachapelle.com/.
    The price indication for this car is €500,000.


    January 18, 2024
    Mullin museum in Oxnard closes it's doors

    After the passing away of it's founder, Peter Mullin, on September 18 last year, it may not come as a total surprise that his museum will close it's doors. The last chance to visit will be on Saturday, February 10.

    Peter and Merle Mullin founded the Oxnard-based museum in 2010 to educate guests about 20th-century French automotive styling and design by showcasing the finest vehicles, sculptures and artifacts from the most-esteemed French master coachbuilders. The museum boasts nearly 47,000 square feet of exhibit space in an elegantly designed structure, which was previously owned by legendary newspaper publisher Otis Chandler. In addition to its sweeping gallery spaces, the museum includes a roof garden, theater, gift shop and archival storage.

    Peter was inspired by Art Deco design and was equally passionate about sharing it with the public. To continue that legacy, four of the collection’s most iconic vehicles have been donated to the Petersen Automotive Museum. The 1937 Talbot-Lago T150 CS “Teardrop,” the 1938 Hispano Suiza H6B Dubonnet Xenia, the 1939 Delahaye 165 and the 1938 Delahaye 145 will now become part of the Petersen Automotive Museum, which Peter helped transform into the globally respected automotive institution it is today as part of a major overhaul a decade ago.

    “Sharing these ‘rolling sculptures’ and beautiful art with others was Peter’s truest passion, and the museum helped bring that vision to life,” said Merle Mullin, director of the Mullin Automotive Museum. “We are deeply indebted to our staff, docents, volunteers, visitors and supporters who have dedicated their time and passion over the past 13 years. I hope past and first-time visitors will have a chance to say goodbye before we close.”

    The museum will be open on a limited basis through Saturday, Feb. 10. Please visit mullinautomotivemuseum.com for opening dates and hours.

    So far the official announcement. At the time there was no information about what will happen to the rather extensive Bugatti collection, with not just cars, but also parts, a You-you boat, Carlo Bugatti furniture and Rembrandt Bugatti sculpture.
    Now, a few days later, the first cars have been announced for auction.

    Please follow the Events section for more news about auctions.


    January 3, 2024
    Auction result

    Bonhams Auction, UK, December 15, 2023

    • 1927 Bugatti Type 40 Grand Sport style Tourer, Chassis 40444, Estimate £250,000 - £300,000: Sold (price not communicated)


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    May 11 - 12, 2024 VINTAGE REVIVAL MONTLHERY France

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    May 25 - until October ??, 2024 Celebrating 100 years of T35 and the GP at Lyon, August 3rd, 1924 - Exhibition at The Bugatti Trust Prescott, England

    The Bugatti Trust Museum and Study Centre, Prescott, England, is delighted to announce that its 2024 exhibition will be dedicated to the celebration of the centenary of the birth of the Grand Prix Bugatti. Opening on May 25th, the exhibition will focus on the Bugatti Type 35 as first presented by Ettore Bugatti to the international motoring community in August 1924 for the Grands Prix de l’Automobile Club de France weekend held in Lyon, France.

    The star of the exhibition will be one of the surviving Type 35 Bugattis from the Grand Prix d’Europe race held on August 3rd one hundred years ago. On loan from The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, this very special Bugatti was raced by Ernest Friderich as car number 13 (on the right, chassis #4328) at the time and a detailed history will be presented with the car for the exhibition. It will be on display to the public at the Trust until October 2024 with additional exhibits and curated educational material to document this extraordinary moment in motoring history.

    From The Bugatti Trust archive, the exhibition will include the earliest original sketch as drawn by Ettore Bugatti himself when he wrote to racing drivers Vincenc "Čeněk" Junek and his wife Elizabeth "Eliska" presenting his concept of the Type 35 racing Bugatti. Gifted by Elizabeth Junek to The Bugatti Trust founder Hugh G. Conway in 1968, it is the most important document of the ‘origin story’ of this famous model. The archive will also present what is believed to be the first blueprint for the Bugatti Type 35 and the original document will be on display.

    www.bugatti-trust.co.uk

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    May 29 - June 2, 2024 100e anniversaire du Grand Prix Bugatti Bourgogne, France

    For more info, contact the e-mail in the image on the right.

    Below some photographs of the event, as it was held in the Baie du Somme in 2014


    May 30, 2024 Bassenge Auction "Gemälde Alter und Neuerer Meister" Berlin, Germany

    • Rembrandt Bugatti Painting: "Il parco di Milano" (View of a Parc in Milano), 1915: Estimate 24.000€

    Oil painting on wood. 14,3 x 21,7 cm. The rear (shown on the right) is signed in brown pen, dated and dedicated "all’amico [Fon]tana / rigorso affetuso / Bugatti / 19-8-[19]15", also named in black pen "Il parco di Milano".

    In the years before his early death, Rembrandt Bugatti created a few small-format paintings, which he dedicated and gave to close friends, as in this example from 1915 (cf. Véronique Fromanger: Rembrandt Bugatti Répertoire, Paris 2010, p. 236).

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    June 22 - October 13, 2024 Bugatti Exposition "Une Dynastie de créateurs" Uzes, France

    This Bugatti exposition, organized by François Melcion - who used to organize Retromobile, is in a small town called Uzes (located in the south of France at 40 kms from Avignon) which is a fantastic medieval town.

    We had the opportunity to set up this exposition in the episcopal building of the town and if you ever come you will be astonished by the location.

    For the first time in France, Carlo, Rembrandt and Ettore will be displayed in the same place.

    Everything on display will have a perfect provenance.

    It was during a friendly lunch that Marc Stammegna, Adolphe Monticelli expert, art dealer, enlightened connoisseur of bronzes by Rembrandt Bugatti, and François Melcion, former director of Rétromobile, discuss their shared passion for Bugatti family.

    From this meeting emerges the idea of a tribute to the family trilogy. Thanks to his 50 years of experience in the world of classic automobiles, which have led to take charge of the “Rétromobile” show in Paris, François Melcion was able to bring together a large number of emblematic vehicles.

    For his part, Marc Stammegna is responsible for the presentation of a large selection of works by Rembrandt Bugatti.

    Finally, the fruit of joint work made it possible to bring together remarkable furniture and exceptional pieces of silverwork by Carlo Bugatti.

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    CARLO BUGATTI (1856 Milan – 1940 Molsheim)
    He inherited the gifts of his father Giovanni, who was a renowned sculptor and architect in Italy and Europe. In 1880, he began his career as a cabinetmaker by offering his first work to his sister, on the occasion of her marriage to Segantini, an Italian symbolist painter.

    Very quickly, his artistic reputation asserted itself and his furniture adorned the most refined apartments of the European aristocracy. Carlo intends to maintain a deep connection between the organic world of nature and his artistic technique. He uses the most varied materials to mix them into a unique piece of furniture, a true work of art.

    His talent and genius are now recognized:
    1888: honorary diploma from the Italian exhibition at Earl’s Court in London,
    1900: silver medal at the Paris Universal Exhibition.
    At the height of his career, in 1902 Carlo obtained the honorary diploma from the 1st international exhibition of modern art in Turin where he exhibited four rooms including the one considered his masterpiece: “the snail room”. This exhibition is the starting point for art nouveau in Italy.
    To the Queen of Italy, who describes his creations as “Moorish style”, he responds “you are wrong, Majesty, this style is mine”.

    For his goldsmith pieces, he joined forces with the founder Hebrard whose technical genius allowed him to give free rein to his vision.

    He settled permanently in France in 1904, in Paris, then in Pierrefonds, where he was Mayor, and finally in Molsheim where he joined his son Ettore and his grandson Jean.

    ETTORE BUGATTI (1881 Milan – 1947 Neuilly s/Seine)
    Ettore raised the automobile to the rank of Fine Arts, making him a pioneer and Bugatti a myth of the luxury, sports and competition automobile industry.

    From a very young age, he designed mechanical parts and at the age of 14, he revealed his passion for mechanics. From his time at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, he retained a pronounced taste for aesthetics and simplicity, "the originality of the design is nothing without the perfection of the execution" and from 1898, he manufactured his first motorized tricycle.

    In 1899, he manufactured a motorized quadricycle (the Type 1), then in 1900, he manufactured his first automobile, the Type 2, which won the grand prize at the Milan international automobile show. After collaborating with Émile Mathis, then the German manufacturer Deutz, he finally founded his own brand in 1909 in Molsheim, then on German territory.

    He will also build aircraft engines, boats and railcars powered by the 12.7 liter engine of the Bugatti Royale. In 1934, these railcars set a speed record of 192 km/h! The path to the TGV is all mapped out!!!

    The golden age of the brand was in the 20s and 30s when Jean joined his father in the design office. Together they designed the Types 37, 40, 41, the famous “Royale”, the 43 which reached a speed of 170 km/h, then followed by the Types 44 which met with great commercial success and the 46 known as “little Royale”, the latest model. designed by Ettore. The 55, designed by Jean, will leave its mark with its aesthetic, a timeless mark in the world of automobiles. The following cars were designed by Jean, including the Type 57 and its derivatives.

    Bugatti won the 24 hours of Le Mans twice: in 1937 with Robert Benoist and Jean-Pierre Wimille, at the wheel of a Type 57G, then in 1939, with Jean-Pierre Wimille and Pierre Veyron with a Type 57C.

    The death of Jean, at the wheel of a racing Bugatti in 1939, began the decline of the brand and Ettore would never recover from this premature death.

    During the war, the brand was “confiscated” by the Germans and disappeared despite the last battle of Ettore who succeeded in recovering the Molsheim factory at the liberation, but could never restart the activity due to lack of resources and customers.

    In 37 years, the Bugatti brand will have produced nearly 7,500 luxury cars, filed nearly 1,000 patents, won more than 10,000 victories, including 2,000 for the Bugatti 35 alone (an unrivaled success to date) and established 37 records.

    REMBRANDT BUGATTI (1884 Milan – 1916 Paris)
    In just 15 years, from 1900 to 1915, Rembrandt Bugatti, thanks to his innovative approach coupled with his exceptional genius, opened an impressionist door to the art of sculpture.

    Self-taught, from his childhood he spent a lot of time in his father's workshop, immersing himself in techniques while letting his mind open.

    At 16, he created a large “group of cows”, and three years later, in 1904, he signed an exclusive contract with Adrien Hebrard.

    Exhibitions followed at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, at the Louvre, and at the Salon d'Automne at the Grand Palais where he was placed next to Rodin who admired his work.

    In 1904, Hébrard dedicated an exhibition to him in his gallery on rue Royale, which was renewed every year until 1913. Unfortunately, after his suicide in 1916 and as a result of crises and wars, many of his bronzes were melted down in order to recover the metal. He will once again become the most sought-after animal sculptor in the world, from the 1970s, thus proving right.

    Rodin when speaking to his students, he evoked Rembrandt Bugatti with these words: “Young people, here is your new master” The animals sculpted by Rembrandt Bugatti are not imaginary but real animal portraits captured by the artist's subtle examination.

    His bronzes placed under paintings by Van Dongen, Matisse, Derain and other masters are in full osmosis with the great Fauve artists.

    In 1909, when he created the “Grand Anteater” or the “Baboin”, he created works close to Cubism, without even knowing Picasso.

    The work of Rembrandt Bugatti is pure talent.
    Thanks to his meeting with Adrien Hébrard, founder, magician of patinas and Palazzolo, goldsmith and trimmer, Rembrandt's bronzes are light and alive, with eternal beauty.


    August 22 - 25, 2024 Bugatti Club Denmark Meeting

    Bugatti Club Denmark has the ambition to explore and experience all corners of the Danish kingdom with their faithful cars. Since the club’s rebirth in 2018, they have thus already enjoyed exquisite roads in North Jutland, Central Jutland, on Funen, on Bornholm and in North Zealand. In total, we have driven around 2200 kilometers to date ac cording to roadbooks and maps and in all kinds of weather.

    And we have only just begun.

    So, on our next trip we will be visiting Southern Jutland, the beautiful borderland that is almost an inseparable part of Denmark’s history and self-understanding; and a part of the country at the same time so very distinctive.

    With some 450 km routes during the meeting, reaching from Jutland’s east coast to the west coast, we will experi ence and enjoy all that which characterizes South Jutland: the landscape, the architecture, the culture, the crafts manship, the language, the food - and the people.

    The deadline for inscription has been extended to mid April.

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    September 12 - 15, 2024 Bugatti Festival Molsheim, France

    As always around the 2nd weekend in September, the famous - open for all public - Festival in the birthplace of the Bugatti Automobiles, Molsheim.


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